Writer: Stuart Smith
Date:Thursday June 19 2008
Last week it was reported that a £1.5 million Wolves bid for Christophe Berra had been turned down, with the talented centreback's agent Gary Mackay scrambling to arrange a meeting with Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov to discuss his clients future ahead of the 23 year olds return from his holiday next week.
Hopefully that involves wearing a gold shirt, but with it now abundantly clear that Berra wants away from Tynecastle and Hearts being almost £40 million in debt, phonecalls to Chairmen will have already been made by a number of managers in the Championship.
So what are Wolves chances of seeing off the pack?
From the ashes of Glenn Hoddles reign, Mick McCarthy has built up a squad of young guns, many now breaking into the International scene, as is Berra, and though it's been said before, oh so many times, will go into next season one of the pundits picks for promotion.
And if anything, it is the feeling of strength, unity and togetherness that exists within the squad that will tip the balance in Wolves favour.
If he gets as far as Molineux, Mick McCarthy could do worse than take a leaf out of Celtic's book, who ensured that when Kenny Miller was taken to Parkhead, he just 'happened' to bump into Roy Keane, who greeted him by his first name, and welcomed him, making an instant impression on the former Wolves striker.
True, we don't have a man of Keano's stature to call on, but we do have a enough players who have as much in common with Berra as Miller saw in Keane to impress on him the fact that the ambition he openly harbours would be matched by those he would be joining.
6 days to B-Day and counting.
Date:Thursday June 19 2008
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